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Hemidactylus lamaensis ULLENBRUCH, GRELL & BÖHME, 2010

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymHemidactylus lamaensis ULLENBRUCH, GRELL & BÖHME 2010 

Type locality: Forêt de Lama (teak plantation), Benin  
Reproductionoviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 77072, adult female 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small Hemidactylus with a SVL of about 5.0 cm. Characteristic is the dorsal scalation which consists of numerous irregular rows of large, convex, keeled tubercles which are nearly juxtaposed on the dorsal hindpart and on the tail root, separated mostly by only one row of surrounding, rather coarse granular scales. Also the temple is covered by large, juxtaposed tubercles with only few or even without granules between them. Moreover, the subdigital lamellae of the first digit and toe are very low in number, the terminal unpaired lamella of digit I (manus) being the only adhesive element while digit I (toe) has two scansors: one divided proximal and one undivided terminal one. 
EtymologyThe species name refers to Lama Forest, so far the only known locality of the new Hemidactylus. It is intended to stress the importance of this relict forest within the Dahomey gap also in conservational aspect as it may harbour still more unknown rain forest species. 
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert 2015. Bemerkungen über einige Geckos der Zoologischen Staatssammlung München. Gekkota, Suppl. (2): 3-54
  • Trape, J.F.; Trape, S. & Chirio, L. 2012. Lézards, crocodiles et tortues d'Afrique occidentale et du Sahara. IRD Orstom, 503 pp. - get paper here
  • Ullenbruch, K.; Grell, O.; Böhme, W. 2010. Reptiles from southern Benin, West Africa, with the description of a new Hemidactylus (Gekkonidae), and a country-wide checklist. Bonn Zool. Bull. 57 (1): 31-54 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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